Blackshape launched the Bk160 Gabriél, a high performance two-seat tandem, low wing, military-trainer looking aircraft in the EASA CS-VLA certification category. Powered by a 160-hp Lycoming IO-320, the Gabriel is capable of 164 KTAS at sea level, making it the fastest in its category, and has an endurance of just over three hours.
It has a maximum takeoff weight of 750 kg and a useful load of 220 kg. Construction is of the same pre-impregnated carbon-fibre as Blackshape’s smaller BK100 Prime. Blackshape is targeting customers who simply want to get somewhere fast, and flying schools that want to offer more advanced training.